Thursday, October 17News For London

Cycling activists perform a ‘die-in’ on Regent Street

Cycling activist group Stop Killing Cyclists protested by lying on the street with their bikes, in Regents Street in remembrance of Michael Mason, 70, an experienced cyclist, who was killed last year. Words, images & video: Tanya Geddes Subeditor: Di Bai / Hussein Abdel Fattah

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A two minute, die-in protest on Regent Street, outside Westminster University building

The die-in was held in conjunction with the Cyclist’s Defence Fund, a charity, that deals with cycling issues and the law.

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Earlier on dozens of cyclists ride towards Regent Street

In January 2015, 13 cyclists died according to road.cc.

This has prompted Donnachadh McCarthy, co-founder of Stop Killing Cyclists to “prompt for a justice, police systems and a road investment system that is human and respects human lives. Then, we can transform London into a city we can be proud of”.

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On the left: Donnachadh McCarthy, co founder or Stop Killing Cyclists and Anna Tatton-Brown remembering her father Michael Mason

Anna Tatton-Brown, daughter of killed cyclist Michael Mason, 70, says that it was essential all ages felt safe on the road. She adds: “I cycled on the back of my dad’s bike as old as I can remember. Cycling in London is my passion, it was his passion.”

She says: “It’s tragic that with someone with as much experience as him, this has happened to him.”

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Copyright: Tanya Geddes

“I hope that it raises awareness, not just about the justice system but about the state of our roads, about the attitude of drivers, I think it’s threefold.”

“I hope it makes people and politicians think carefully about having an infrastructure that is safe for all.”

One cyclist, taking part in the die-in said that if dangers “could be remedied or reduced than many more people would cycle.”

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Anna tells the audience about a former student who had never been taught by him but who still remembered him.

“She said she would remember him because she would wait at the end of the corridors, holding the doors open for people.”

“She wanted me to know he was appreciated not just because of his job but because of the person he was.”

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Remembering Michael Mason, a year after his death

 For more information go to stopkillingcyclists.org or their Facebook Page